With more animals than anywhere else in West Texas, you're in for a real WILD day at the Abilene Zoo
We are open 362 days of the year, only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Every day at the zoo you can catch a Keeper Chat at 11 am – and it’s all included with your admission! On weekends we have a special 2 pm Keeper Chat for double the fun. Check out our Keeper Chats schedule and plan your visit!Check out the schedule here!
Our Giraffe Feeding Experience is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close with majestic reticulated giraffe and their purple tongues as they grasp fresh lettuce from your hands. At only $5, this experience is a must-do at the Abilene Zoo. Want to get closer? Check out our VIP Tours and Events for wild experiences you’ll never forget.
A day at the zoo isn't complete without a ride on the Safari Express. Find the Train Depot on our zoo map and climb aboard.Get Tickets
So much more to do!
Plan your visit to the zoo to see animals and do so much more!
First, take the train ride! One top zoo fan said, “The train ride is great to get your directions sorted and get a quick glance into the layout.” Then you can climb aboard the Wild Life Carousel to go for a wild spin! You can also dig deep at the Kilimanjaro Mining Sluice!
There is even more fun to be had at Nelson Lake, where you can take a beautiful ride on the Swan Boats! Step inside our wind tunnel called the Hurricane Machine. Capture fun times at the photo booth! Plus, you can feed the fish and the ducks in Nelson Lake!
“The train ride is great to get your directions sorted and get a quick glance into the layout.”
Remember to take a souvenir home that you can buy in our Gift Shop. Sometimes the weather does not cooperate. Please remember, all experiences are weather-dependent. Swan boats and mining season is March through October. Come to the Abilene Zoo and make lasting memories during your zoo visit!
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Flavors of Dippin' Dots
If you’ve driven anywhere in Abilene you’ve seen a Great-tailed Grackle walking in a parking lot, front yard, or park. These abundant black birds are either loved for their loud social calls or hated for their love of agricultural fields and products.
This Alligator is ready for the Abilene Zoo’s 55th Anniversary
Albert the Alligator, a resident of the Abilene Zoo since 1966, is scheduled for a medical examination due to prolonged lethargic activity and inappetence.
Have you ever wondered about the Abilene Zoo Bird Rehabilitation Center’s patients?
Striped Hyenas arrive at the Abilene Zoo
Meet the newest residents of the Abilene Zoo, the capybaras. Guests can view the one male and three female capybaras in their exhibit in the South America area of the Abilene Zoo.
Learn more about magestic animals such as lions, zebra, rhinos, and more.Find Out More